Monday, June 22, 2009
Obama Invites Murderous Iranian Regime For Hotdogs
Would you like fries with that, sweetie?
Now that's what I call collateral damage.
Fouad Ajami shows in Obama's Persion Tutorial the abject failure of Obama's so-called Iranian foreign policy:
Mr. Obama will have to acknowledge the "foreignness" of foreign lands. His breezy self-assurance has been put on notice. The Obama administration believed its own rhetoric that the pro-Western March 14 coalition in Lebanon had ridden Mr. Obama's coattails to an electoral victory. (It had given every indication that it expected similar vindication in Iran.)
But the claim about Lebanon was hollow and reflected little understanding of the forces at play in Lebanon's politics. That contest was settled by Lebanese rules, and by the push and pull of Saudi and Syrian and Iranian interests in Lebanon.
Mr. Obama's June 4 speech in Cairo did not reshape the Islamic landscape. I was in Saudi Arabia when Mr. Obama traveled to Riyadh and Cairo. The earth did not move, life went on as usual. There were countless people puzzled by the presumption of the entire exercise, an outsider walking into sacred matters of their faith. In Saudi Arabia, and in the Arabic commentaries of other lands, there was unease that so complicated an ideological and cultural terrain could be approached with such ease and haste.
Days into his presidency, it should be recalled, Mr. Obama had spoken of his desire to restore to America's relation with the Muslim world the respect and mutual interest that had existed 30 or 20 years earlier. It so happened that he was speaking, almost to the day, on the 30th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution -- and that the time span he was referring to, his golden age, covered the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the American standoff with Libya, the fall of Beirut to the forces of terror, and the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Liberal opinion would have howled had this history been offered by George W. Bush, but Barack Obama was granted a waiver.
Only after everyone else has called the mullahs on their crimes does this pathetic horse's ass even pretend to find a sense of direction.
When I first wrote that last sentence, I used the phrase "his sense of direction". But it isn't Obama's. It's everyone else's, and Obama has absconded with it. He is so indifferent to democracy and the individual freedom of Iranians that his first impulse was to say that he would but bear witness to it. In other words, he'd sit on the sidelines and watch it all happen rather than declare for the Iranian people against their brutal oppressors.
And that is exactly what he has done: sit by and watch it all happen. And now, it's time for a dog and a beer.
Once again, Obama has voted "present".
Ronald Reagan in 1987:
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
I don't want to appear to be meddling.Gateway Pundit: Would the US Invite Hitler or Saddam to the 4th of July?